Just thought I would share a photo:
It couldn’t have started better could it, Robin made a tackle just inside the Baggies half and the ball cannoned back towards the home side keeper Fulop – well, Fulop saw the ball heading his way and came out to meet it but instead of hoofing it to safety, he tried to wait for the ball to get back into his safety area in order to pick it up.
Yossi nipped in and rolled the ball into the back of the net.
1-0 – perfect start!
The Baggies woke up though and Marc-Antoine Fortune forced a good save from Wojciech Szczesny’s near-post but, already it was clear that holes in the defence were present. Santos was a bit gung-ho and Jenks was getting caught of position.
Morrison was causing a few problems to our defence and he played the perfectly placed ball through to release Shane Long to fire home for the equaliser. Great pass, good finish, just a shame Long was two yards offside!
Regardless, the defence was exposed as it always seems to be these days!
It was the same just two minutes later when Jenkinson and Koscielny seemed to have Dorrans covered but he headed the ball into space just inside the penalty area and planted the ball past Szczesny to make it 2-1!
Our left back then became left winger and goal scorer!
Song dispossessed Youseff Mulumbu and pushed the ball into the path of Santos, he tricked his way past one, then two West Brom players and then fired his shot just inside the near-post.
Fulop managed to get his hands to it but the power in which Santos unleashed his shot was all too hot to handle. 2-2!
Then, from a harmless corner taken from Robin van Persie, we took the lead. The ball was crossed in towards the middle of the penalty area and Fulop tried to punch the corner but he totally naffed it up. The ball landed at Koscielnys feet and he volleyed home into an empty net.
3-2 to us and that is how it remained….
Stressful times followed, Robin van Persie made a goal-line clearance from Jonas Olsson, Szczesny saved rather well from an acrobatic shot from Keith Andrews and Kieran Gibbs made a last-ditch, match winning tackle in injury-time to prevent Billy Jones from bringing the scores level.
The final whistle blew, it was our day….
Arsene and Pat had a ‘man-hug’ which went on for ages and everything was ‘happy’.
Good result, but another dodgy performance…
Pat Rice went off in style, knowing that every season he has been alongside Arsene Wenger; his team had secured Champions League football, that’s some record isn’t it…
It’s a new dawn and a new day from now on, Steve Bould steps in and with it hopefully will come new ideas….
Start of a new beginning??
Maybe, but for now let’s just enjoy finishing above the very Tiny Totts – and just maybe we’ll cheer the Chavs on Saturday…..
Have a good day all…..